COVID-19 Press Release
Thomas County Health Department and Citizens Health along with Emergency Preparedness partners have been meeting to prepare and respond to respiratory illnesses including Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19, like Influenza, is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person. Symptoms include; fever, cough and at times shortness of breath.
Currently your risks are higher to contract influenza than COVID-19. Remember the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are most at risk for complications from respiratory illnesses like influenza.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to respiratory illnesses. There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
The State of Kansas currently has no COVID-19 cases or Persons Under Investigation (PUI). Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will be notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of any confirmed cases and will contact the local health department. Information changes frequently. Be sure you are up to date by referencing the KDHE website at http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm as this will give you information specific to Kansas. The CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html is updated frequently and has national information such as travel restrictions.
Personal Protective equipment items like gloves, masks and other equipment are not necessary for the general public unless advised by your healthcare provider. If you have any questions, refer to the websites above. If the website does not answer your questions, please contact Emily Strange, Administrator, Thomas County Health Department at 785-460-4596.
If you should contact COVID-19 and need to quarantine please click here for recommendations.
KDHE Public Information Hotline on COVID-19
• Kansans can call the KDHE Public Information Hotline if they have questions regarding COVID-19.
• Currently staffed from 8am – 5pm CST Monday through Friday
• Language Line interpretation available for those who don’t speak English